County Defender System

A memo from the Washoe County District Attorney and County Manager's Office to the County Commission in advance of its August 9, 2011 meeting.  The memo recommends the County Commission approve the proposed contract for public defense services with Washoe Legal Services. Under the contract, the civil legal aid office would provide representation for an annual flat fee to indigent criminal defendants in the County's early case resolution (ECR) program.

Author/Organization: Washoe County District Attorney & County Manager's Office
Publication Date: 07/28/2011

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Gideon Alert: Nevada DA seeks way around court-ordered performance guidelines

BY David Carroll on Monday, August 8, 2011 at 12:44 PM

On August 9th, 2011, the Washoe County (Reno) District Attorney will ask the County Board to contract with Washoe Legal Services (WLS) to provide representation to criminal defendants in a reinstituted early case resolution (ECR) program.  The proposed contract is for WLS to handle every ECR case for a single flat fee of $80,000 with no extra funds set aside for investigations.   

Memo to the Commissioners of Washoe County, NV, regarding reinstating the county's early case resolution (ECR) program, despite the NV Supreme Court's 2008 ADKT411 order establishing clear performance guidelines for public defense attorneys to follow in each case. The memo recommends an affirmative county vote approving a flat-fee contract for ECR services in criminal matters provided by a local civil legal aid provider.

Author/Organization: Washoe County Manager's Office
Publication Date: 06/21/2011

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This letter regarding Washoe County's early case resolution (ECR) program was sent in response to Washoe assistant DA Helzer's letter to David Carroll, NLADA. 

Author/Organization: David Carroll, NLADA
Publication Date: 04/29/2008

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John Helzer, assistance county district attorney for Washoe County (Reno) Nevada, wrote to David Carroll in response to Mr. Carroll's letter of April 18, 2008 to the Nevada Supreme Court regarding Washoe County's early case resolution (ECR) program.

Author/Organization: John Helzer, Washoe County DA's Office
Publication Date: 04/21/2008

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David Carroll's letter to the Justices of the Nevada Supreme Court argues their recent administrative docket order (ADKT411) established clear performance guidelines for public defense attorneys, thereby requiring an adjustment of Washoe County's so-called early case resolution (ECR) program to meet the Court's guidelines.

Author/Organization: David Carroll, NLADA
Publication Date: 04/18/2008

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Update on New York state's struggles to meet Gideon's promise

BY Jon Mosher on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 2:31 PM

On August 2, 2011, the Gotham Gazette provided a lengthy update on the state of New York’s ongoing struggle to provide a meaningful right to counsel for those otherwise unable to afford it.  The New York Civil Liberties Union class action lawsuit against the state, now in the discovery phase, continues to pressure policymakers to find a permanent resolution to the state’s severe, chronic challenges in meeting its 6th Amendment obligations.  Meanwhile, the newly established Office of Indigent Legal Services saw its initial $3 million budget cut in half, limiting its ability to aid county-based service providers in meeting foundational standards.  With progress slow, the Gazette provides a helpful round-up on where efforts currently stand, and where New York policymakers may look next in order to make larger strides towards constitutional compliance.

This is a progress report on implementation by the Riverside County Public Defender Office (RPDO) and Riverside County of NLADA’s Evaluation Report recommendations submitted in January of 2000. This report reflects the findings of an NLADA team with respect to activities, corrective actions and achievements by the RPDO and the County in the sixteen months since the Evaluation Report was submitted. It is current as of May 1, 2001. 

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Publication Date: 06/2001

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Riverside County contracted with the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) to conduct an evaluation of its Public Defender Office. Scott Wallace, Director of Defender Services for NLADA, recruited a team of experienced public defenders with extensive experience as managers and litigators, and in conducting management audits of indigent defense programs.
 

 

Author/Organization: National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Publication Date: 01/2000

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The American Bar Association (ABA) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) are designing and implementing a pilot Public Defender Fellowship Program (PDFP) aimed at advancing best practices in indigent defense representation.

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Publication Date: 07/19/2011